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Iron deficiency affects 50-77% of all pregnancies.
Did you know it takes 1 gram of iron to make a baby, that's equal to 177 steaks!
Anaemia can be detected by a simple blood test. As anaemia is so common
in pregnancy, your midwife will routinely check your haemoglobin
Common symptoms of iron deficiency –
You may also be at risk of becoming anaemic after giving birth. This is often due to losing blood during or shortly after giving birth.
The most easily absorbed iron comes from red meat, fish and poultry. There are also vegetarian options, including lentils, fortified cereals and leafy green vegetables such as spinach. Vitamin C can help your body to absorb iron from food; this is found in orange juice and other fruits and vegetables.
Eat and drink more:
Speak to your midwife, doctor or health visitor. They’ll complete the application for you. They can do this as soon as they confirm that you’re pregnant.
If they use the digital maternity exemption service, you can get your certificate by email as soon as they have completed the application.
Otherwise, you’ll get a paper certificate in the post within 10 working days of us receiving your application.
The certificate will last until 12 months after the expected date of birth of your baby. If your baby’s born early, you can continue to use your certificate until it expires. If your baby is born late, you can apply for an extension. If you apply after your baby is born, your certificate will last for 12 months from your baby’s birth.
Issue 7: Iron Deficiency in Pregnancy
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